The Japanese picked up a comfortable 3-0 victory over Taiwan to advance to the team table tennis semifinals at the Tokyo Olympics on Monday, ending a triumphant day for the host nation’s paddlers.
Mima Ito, Kasumi Ishikawa and Miu Hirano combined to beat Cheng Hsien-tzu, Chen Szu-yu and Cheng I-ching, reserving their places in the bottom four after the men’s team crushed Australia 3-0 over early in the day in the round on 16 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.
Japan’s Kasumi Ishikawa (left) and Miu Hirano celebrate after winning their doubles match against Taiwanese Cheng Hsien-tzu and Chen Szu-yu in the quarter-finals of the women’s table tennis event at the Tokyo Olympics on August 2, 2021, at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnase. (Kyodo) (SELECTION) == Kyodo
Ishikawa and Olympic debutant Hirano beat Cheng Hsien-tzu and Chen 11-8, 11-6, 11-5 in doubles and singles, bronze medalist Ito had no trouble getting out Cheng I-ching 11- 2, 11-9, 11-8 to extend Japan’s lead.
“We got off to a good start and it’s really nice to win 3-0,” said Ishikawa. “We practiced a lot and Miu and I communicated well.”
Ito said, “I have played Cheng (I-ching) a few times before and beating her 3-0 has really boosted my confidence.”
Hirano took the win over Chen, winning 11-9, 7-11, 11-4, 11-4.
“I knew how important the Taiwan game would be after the draw. It’s great to win and I hope I can continue tomorrow,” said Hirano.
Japan face Hong Kong on Tuesday, which advanced to the semi-finals with a 3-1 victory over Romania.
In the morning session, Mizutani and Niwa beat Hu Heming and Yan Xin 11-7, 11-3, 11-8 in men’s doubles and Harimoto and Mizutani went on to win their respective singles matches to send Japan to the quarterfinals. final.
Jun Mizutani (right) and Koki Niwa of Japan play against Australia in the men’s team table tennis competition of the Tokyo Olympics on August 2, 2021, at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. (Kyodo)
Harimoto, who made an early surprise outing in the men’s singles last week, defeated David Powell 11-4, 11-9, 11-7 and mixed doubles champion Mizutani ended the rout with an 11-4, 11 demolition. -1, 11-9 from Yan.
“We have won every game in a row so it was a very good start for us,” said Mizutani, 32, who made history last week as he and Mima Ito gave Japan his very first Olympic gold medal in mixed doubles table tennis.
“I want to savor every point (in the team event). I hope we can stick together and take out our next opponents.”
World number 4 Harimoto has said he hopes to make amends in the team event after losing in his Olympic debut in the round of 16 to Slovenia’s Darko Jorgic.
“I want to produce the form that I couldn’t show in singles,” said the 18-year-old. “It’s going to get more difficult in the next round and I hope we can raise our level of play.”
Japan face Sweden, a 3-1 win over the United States, in the final eight on Tuesday.